U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Other Topics
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 05-02-2007, 01:08 PM
 
Location: VA
786 posts, read 4,512,555 times
Reputation: 1154

Advertisements

It is so quiet at my workplace. When I started here seven years ago it would a very social place and when things got slow we all talked to each other at the water cooler, around the receptionist counter and in the break room at 10 and 2. Now it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

I think there is two reasons for this.

The Internet is now the main form of communication. Instead of meeting one on one with people to iron out issues, people communicate via email and instant messaging. In the good old days I would stop by someones work area and chat about a office topic and then exchange pleasantries and it was a good way to feel comfortable and make friends.

They have cut staff so much to save money in many organizations that people do not have time for any small talk. It is all work all the time and people are afraid to admit they have time on their hands or a layoff would occur.

Is it just me or does it seem very quiet socially in offices now a days?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 05-02-2007, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
1,848 posts, read 3,914,784 times
Reputation: 2607
lol, I thought that's the way it's suppose to be. Y'know, productivity and profits.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
8,190 posts, read 29,696,458 times
Reputation: 7304
Perhaps you have asked too many questions about death.........
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 04:13 PM
 
3,020 posts, read 24,750,887 times
Reputation: 2785
Default Maybe some of them are dead

Quote:
Originally Posted by Evey View Post
Perhaps you have asked too many questions about death.........
The olde prop me up beside the desk when I die. Played to that tune of Bruce Springsteen; Wages of Sin.

I just hope nobody is trying to make out with them. Hey, she didn't resist.

That Necro stuff again. Would tend to explain the silence tho.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 04:19 PM
 
Location: I hate PA
164 posts, read 168,759 times
Reputation: 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dingler View Post
It is so quiet at my workplace. When I started here seven years ago it would a very social place and when things got slow we all talked to each other at the water cooler, around the receptionist counter and in the break room at 10 and 2. Now it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.

I think there is two reasons for this.

The Internet is now the main form of communication. Instead of meeting one on one with people to iron out issues, people communicate via email and instant messaging. In the good old days I would stop by someones work area and chat about a office topic and then exchange pleasantries and it was a good way to feel comfortable and make friends.

They have cut staff so much to save money in many organizations that people do not have time for any small talk. It is all work all the time and people are afraid to admit they have time on their hands or a layoff would occur.

Is it just me or does it seem very quiet socially in offices now a days?
Reason 3: Maybe they just don't like you
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
15,607 posts, read 38,615,250 times
Reputation: 13405
Gee, I don't know. We all yapped as soon as we got to work, until the boss arrived! LOL! But we did get our work done too.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
31,304 posts, read 30,326,907 times
Reputation: 84399
Any time is a good time! At work and home.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 05:51 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
9,368 posts, read 23,873,150 times
Reputation: 9426
My new office is sooooo quiet- about a dozen in my area and you won't hear a single word for hours. Except from me...I tend to talk to myself.. get an email that I was hoping for "YES!" I'll say. Or "Yeah, baby!" I tend to forget there are others around. How can that many people work in a small area and say nothing? At my former job, one of us would blast Al Green CDs or something, sometimes I'd pop out of my office and dance down the hall and others would join me- mainly on Fridays. Sometimes I'd get on the intercom to the shelter and just say "name that tune", then I'd blast Aretha or something and they would guess who it was.

When we found out that we raised 90k at the recent golf tourney, I high fived my boss. I would think there should have been a little celebration among the ranks. But all was quiet....
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 05:57 PM
 
19,414 posts, read 26,667,975 times
Reputation: 37799
sometimes its just best to be quiet,,,,,play it safe,,,easier not to offend anyone
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 05-02-2007, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
33,303 posts, read 14,127,810 times
Reputation: 69052
OK, we are not allowed to talk where I work, it has gone so far as the owner stepping out of his office and saying, " keep the laughter down, it wasn't even funny". Now that was funny. It's almost shameful to be happy and laugh once in a while. The owners make you feel so guilty for talking! There is a new woman at the desk next to me, has been there since Monday and all I know is her first name. I am so busy, I haven't had the time to "get to know her" and besides, god forbid, you are caught talking about something other than work. I am the CS Mgr and I am on the phone all day, so I do some off-work topic, conversation, once in a while.

I agree with mainebrokerman, I believe that because we have cut staff soooo much that there just isn't time for any loitering, or talking about anything other than work. I do talk to myself all the time though.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Other Topics
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2021, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top